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The Best Way to Support Your Child’s Development? Let Them Lead the Way

By Sara Smeaton
The Globe and Mail
January 21, 2015

The Best Way to Support Your Child’s Development? Let Them Lead the Way

According to health writer Sara Smeaton, the best way to support the healthy development of our kids is to let them lead the way, to provide a supportive environment while allowing them to learn skills at their own pace. [+]

Parenting Advice From ‘America’s Worst Mom’

By Jane E. Brody
New York Times
January 19, 2015

Parenting Advice From ‘America’s Worst Mom’

"America's Worst Mom" Lenore Skenazy offers worried parents advice on raising free range kids, and on making sure that in addition to roots, kids are given the opportunity to have wings. [+]

Less is More: Building Confidence

By Tricia Hogbin
Newcastle Herald
January 18, 2015

Less is More: Building Confidence

There's a lot we can do to raise healthy, happy kids. But perhaps one of the most important is allowing them to experience the natural world, climbing trees, playing in the creek and yes, even taking some small risks. [+]

Even a Short Walk in the Woods is Good for You, Researchers Claim

By News team
Yle Uutiset
January 19, 2015

Even a Short Walk in the Woods is Good for You, Researchers Claim

Every little bit helps. A new report from the Finnish Forest Research Institute claims that just 20 minutes spent outdoors daily can contribute to a host of health benefits, including a lower allergy risk in kids. [+]

We Need to Think Beyond Nature Kindergarten

By Anna Kemp
Times Colonist
January 18, 2015

We Need to Think Beyond Nature Kindergarten

While enrolling children in nature-focused schools is a positive first step, mom and Sierra Club associate Anna Kemp argues that we need to do more to help kids build a lifelong relationship with the natural world. [+]

Parents Investigated for Neglect After Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

By Donna St. George
Washington Post
January 14, 2015

Parents Investigated for Neglect After Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

A Maryland couple is being investigated for neglect after allowing their two children to walk home from the park. But these free-range parents believe that they should not be punished for choosing to give their kids freedom and independence. [+]

Let Kids be Kids for as Long as Possible

By Victor Martinez
El Paso Times
January 15, 2015

Let Kids be Kids for as Long as Possible

Today's young athletes are often subjected to strict constraints, a high level of competition and a pressure to perform that could be overwhelming for a 5- or 6-year old. Victor Martinez argues that we should use these sporting activities as a forum to let kids be kids, to have fun and the freedom to use their imaginations. [+]

Junior Dictionary Discards Nature for Hi-Tech Words

By Andrew French
Oxford Times
January 14, 2015

Junior Dictionary Discards Nature for Hi-Tech Words

Oxford University Press has come under fire again for discarding nature vocabulary, including acorn, minnow and bluebell, to make room for high-tech words. A group of children's authors, educators and students voice their concerns. [+]

8 Ways to Nurture Your Children’s Connection to Nature

By Dr. Jim Taylor
Huffington Post
January 12, 2015

8 Ways to Nurture Your Children’s Connection to Nature

If we help our kids develop a deep connection with nature, we can be hopeful that this will result in a commitment to and sense of stewardship for the future health of our planet. Here's how. [+]

Exhibition is Child’s Play

By Taryn Utiger
Taranaki Daily News
January 09, 2015

Exhibition is Child’s Play

Imagination Playground, a portable, interactive and transformable concept offers kids with a variety of different play needs the opportunity to direct and create their own play experience without limitations. [+]

National Parks Visits Hit Record 294 Million in 2014

By Editors
Outside Magazine
January 09, 2015

National Parks Visits Hit Record 294 Million in 2014

If current statistics are any indication, we're experiencing a shift--toward nature. In 2014, the national parks hit a record 294 million visits, up 20 million from the previous year. [+]

iPad Baby Seat Raises Questions About Infants and Tech

CBC News
December 10, 2014

iPad Baby Seat Raises Questions About Infants and Tech

Though pediatricians agree that screen time is not recommended for children under 2, a new infant bouncy seat features an iPad mount. What can we do to go back to the basics when it comes to engaging our little ones in the face of these trends? [+]

Timbernook, Award-Winning Children’s Developmental Nature Program, Comes to South Florida

By Michelle Brown
Timbernook Miami
January 05, 2015

Timbernook, Award-Winning Children’s Developmental Nature Program, Comes to South Florida

TimberNook, an innovative nature-based developmental program for children, is launching TimberNook camps in South Dade this February. Miami will be Florida's first TimberNook location. [+]

Kids Learn to Survive the Elements at Nature Center

By Earl Horlyk
Sioux City Journal
January 02, 2015

Kids Learn to Survive the Elements at Nature Center

Sioux City's Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center offers kids a unique nature survival training program, designed to prepare young people for the unexpected things they might face while experiencing the great outdoors. [+]

REAP Supports Early Childhood Development Program

By Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Globe Gazette
December 31, 2014

REAP Supports Early Childhood Development Program

A win for Iowa preschool children: thanks to REAP Conservation Education Program grants, nature and the outdoors are being integrated into northwest Iowa early education classrooms. [+]

7 National Parks in Nebraska, Iowa Pour More Than $23 Million Into Local Economies

By David Hendee
Omaha.com
January 03, 2015

7 National Parks in Nebraska, Iowa Pour More Than $23 Million Into Local Economies

National parks are not only the perfect places to make deep and meaningful connections with the natural places around us. They also help boost the economies of the towns they call home. [+]

For Many Wilderness Youth Project Kids, Time in Nature a Transformative Experience — Inside and Out

By Melissa Walker
Noozhawk
December 20, 2014

For Many Wilderness Youth Project Kids, Time in Nature a Transformative Experience — Inside and Out

Santa Barbara's Wilderness Youth Project utilizes mentoring and engaging outdoor activities for young people with the goal of creating future stewards of the environment. [+]

Exclusive: Boy’s Letter to Santa, ‘I Just Wanna Be Safe,’ Gets Heartfelt Response From Obama

By Maudlyne Ihejirika
Chicago Sun Times
December 28, 2014

Exclusive: Boy’s Letter to Santa, ‘I Just Wanna Be Safe,’ Gets Heartfelt Response From Obama

When 13-year-old Malik from Chicago wrote to Santa asking to feel safe enough to play in his own neighborhood, he never expected to receive a letter back from President Obama. [+]

For City Parks, 2014 Was the Year That Was (Great)!

By Adrian Benepe
Huffington Post
December 26, 2014

For City Parks, 2014 Was the Year That Was (Great)!

2014 was important for the children and nature movement in many ways, including being the "year that was" for parks and open space, with record levels of new investment in some states and cities. [+]

Expanding Environment Education by Attracting Fundraisers and Policy Makers

By Autumn Johnson
Patch
December 25, 2014

Expanding Environment Education by Attracting Fundraisers and Policy Makers

Two Bay Area educators are teaming up to bring comprehensive environmental education, which is still relatively rare due to shifting budget priorities, to local elementary schools. [+]

Forget Grey Nomads, Young Australians Love to Caravan and Camp

By Melanie Kembrey
WA Today
December 25, 2014

Forget Grey Nomads, Young Australians Love to Caravan and Camp

In Australia, young adults and young families are camping and caravaning more than ever. Why? It's fun and affordable, and getting out in nature is a perfect way to connect as a family. [+]

The Great Fear of the Great Outdoors

By Gary Ferguson
Los Angeles Times
December 19, 2014

The Great Fear of the Great Outdoors

Gary Ferguson comments on our growing unease about being in nature, due not only to our discomfort from being "disconnected," but also the fear-inducing portrayal of wilderness in the media. [+]

5 Ways To Encourage Kids To Grow Up To Be Innovators

By Gwen Moran
Fast Company
December 16, 2014

5 Ways To Encourage Kids To Grow Up To Be Innovators

How can we foster the creativity that is innate in young children in ways that will support their future successes? The answer is in 5 basic principles, all of which can be cultivated outdoors in nature. [+]

The Point Lobos Foundation Brings Together Nature and Technology in New Learning Tool

By Alexandra Videmsky
Monterey County Weekly
December 18, 2014

The Point Lobos Foundation Brings Together Nature and Technology in New Learning Tool

The Point Lobos Foundation is embracing the positive value of technology with an iPad app aimed at getting children excited about visiting and learning all they can about the natural reserve. [+]

To Get Kids to the Wilderness, Oakland Group Trains and Equips Trip Leaders

By Rachel Hiles
Bay Nature
December 15, 2014

To Get Kids to the Wilderness, Oakland Group Trains and Equips Trip Leaders

Bay Area Wilderness Training, an Earth Island Institute Project, gives young people firsthand, culturally-relevant wilderness experiences, as well as creates opportunities for their educators to receive outdoor leadership training. [+]

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